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Posted: 18/10/2014 at 18:15

Evening all. Dove - I can guarantee one thing - the thingummies will be in a safe place somewhere. That's where I put everything. 

Lesley - you're right about the man trap. In fact, now that you've called it that, I'll definitely have to fill it in...don't want to trap another one of those...

Enjoy your night out 

This is a 'two Stanley knife' household KEF - one in the house toolbox and one in the shed toolbox  

Leftover chicken for me, will do some veg and little potatoes, seen Scott and Bailey archie, so I'll need to see what else I've got recorded. 

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Posted: 18/10/2014 at 14:30

Never liked it pansyface, but only because it  didn't appeal to me.  

I must have led a more sheltered life than you - it never crossed my mind that it was dodgy till I was much older! 

small trees to form an arch

Posted: 18/10/2014 at 14:27

A photo would really help Rob - I meant to suggest that earlier 

It's much easier to make suggestions if there's a visual to work with, and you'll get lots more help and advice as people that way.  


Posted: 18/10/2014 at 14:23

Lesley we seem to be managing to avoid the heavy showers completely here. My washing's dry and it's not been out long - it's very breezy. You could have sent it over 

Beautiful pic fidget - I like your new friend 

BL - you're a glutton for punishment - take it easy at daughter's and be a lady of leisure 

doc - hope all is ok.

More digging done - this  morning's haul has produced the biggest kerbstone/step and it was right in front of the back steps. I could dig the hole out a bit more and do one of those jungle traps with the spikes and cover it with a thin layer of twigs....

Lunch break and a catch up before I go back out.

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Posted: 18/10/2014 at 12:01


Nogbad the Bad - a classic baddie pansyface!  

Any suggestions

Posted: 18/10/2014 at 11:57

It'll be perfect for sweet peas too LP if you like to grow them 


Posted: 18/10/2014 at 11:56


Best Plant to cover a drain cover

Posted: 18/10/2014 at 11:51

I had a similar situation in a previous house which was solved after building a deck.  We positioned the steps down from it so that you came off the bottom step onto the drain cover.

 However, up till then we did what you're thinking of. A collection of plants in containers. You can get resin pots now which are lighter than terracotta or stone so that might help when it comes to lifting. Another option is to make a wooden container the same size and put it on castors so that you can move it easily. Like a moving raised bed. You can plant it up in all sorts of ways then to suit your taste and the seasons. Even sweet peas in the summer to provide a good scent - and distraction!  

small trees to form an arch

Posted: 18/10/2014 at 11:39

I'm just not sure why you want an arch so close to the house. If the front garden's a very open space, why not plant a crab apple or ornamental cherry/almond down nearer the boundary? There's a house on a corner site near me which has hedging on the boundary and a cherry either side of the front gate forming an arch but the gate is around forty/fifty feet from the front door and is therefore in a suitable position.

I'm afraid I'd only consider a wooden or metal arch for climbers anywhere near the front door. As for conifers of any kind  - the country's littered with houses where the occupants have to have lights on during the day because conifers have been planted a few feet from the front door and they block all the natural light. They might start off as nice little 'shrubs'  - but they grow...and grow.... 

Sorry to rain on your parade Ron, but planting anything big, or potentially big,  that close to the house means constant maintenance to keep it to size (which often ruins the plant) ...and eventually  removal. 


Posted: 18/10/2014 at 10:55

pansyface is right - address the shade and damp issues first. Keep the ground well worked with a hoe or a hand fork/trowel to keep the soil crumbly and loose. I have shady damp areas here and I just remove moss as and when necessary, mainly on paths.  

I like it growing on rocks or round tree stumps in amongst the plants but I can see that it would be  more of an issue in a veg plot. My concern would be - is it a suitable location for your veg to start with? How well does your veg grow? The drainage might need to be improved if moss finds it a good growing medium.

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